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Monday, July 13, 2009

Port Authority Ferry Terminal at the World Financial Center, New York, United States

New ferry terminal opens in Lower Manhattan
After two decades of providing ferry service in Lower Manhattan via a temporary barge, the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey has opened a gleaming new $91 million ferry terminal at the World Financial Center. Unlike other terminals built along the Hudson River, this one is a floating structure, the largest of its kind in the U.S.

Resting on a 32,000 sq ft barge that was fabricated in Texas and held in place by two anchor towers, the new terminal accommodates up to six ferryboats and provides seating for 450 passengers , new concessions, and a large public terrace. The project's design sprung from two criteria; the need to preserve views of the Hudson River from the nearby residences and the decision to treat the terminal as an extension of the Battery Park City esplanade. The result is a highly transparent structure that blends seamlessly into its location. The terminal is wrapped with 13 ft high glass windscreens and capped with a sweeping tensile fabric roof that recalls canvas sails. The terminal's deck, which is paved with hexagonal stone pavers that match those used on the esplanade, is a new destination for enjoyment, offering passengers and visitors spectacular views of the river.

Designed by Donald Fram, AIA Chief Architect for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and his predecessor, Robert I. Davidson, the new terminal provides service to several points along New Jersey's waterfront as well as water taxi service in and around Manhattan.

Sharon McHugh
US Correspondent
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